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Top places of worship recommendations from locals

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“This is one of the most beautiful churches in Lecce and is renowned for its amazing architecture and stunning Baroque façade. Created in the 17th century, this church is created from the unique Lecce stone that gives the structure its light cream colouration. The front façade is truly breath-taking and the amount of decoration and artwork is quite astounding. The walls are packed full of intricate sculptures, gorgeous rose windows and interesting stone statues. The interior in contrast is not as opulent but still features some beautiful stonework and religious decoration.”
  • 69 locals recommend
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“Located in the Piazza del Duomo, Lecce cathedral is on par with the Basilica di Santa Croce as the most important religious buildings in the city. Constructed in the late 17th century, this cathedral also features a Baroque design similar to the basilica and has an opulent northern façade and a beautiful bell tower. The northern façade contains some magnificent stone statues and sculptures and faces the charming cathedral square. In contrast to the Basilica di Santa Croce, the interior of the Cathedral is highly decorative and features a myriad of gold artwork, opulent arches and a ceiling that contains some gorgeous historical artwork. Furthermore there is also twelve chapels within the church, each of which is dedicated to a different saint or religious figure.”
  • 40 locals recommend
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“Definita "the finibus terrae" in quanto sita all'estremità sud-orientale della penisola italiana. Basilica completata nel 1755, realizzata in carparo, in stile romanico e gotico.”
  • 12 locals recommend
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“The first time I visited the Otranto Cathedral, I was surprised by its small size. Yet the mosaic work on the floor is so enchanting that I had a hard time leaving. My then 12 yr old daughter was just as transfixed. The floor mosaic was created between 1163 and 1165. It is one of the most important examples of 12th-century art, and features the Tree of Life growing and branching out into aisles, apses and presbytery to the theological itinerary of salvation, from original sin to redemption. It also mirrors the culture of inclusion that thrived in Otranto in the 12th century, as this crucial hub of maritime trade connected East and West. Viale Rocamatura, 73028 Otranto.”
  • 12 locals recommend
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“Don't miss: -The mosaic running the whole length of the nave, sanctuary and apse shows scenes from the Old Testament and chivalric cycles, as well as figures from medieval bestiaries, arranged alongside a 'tree of life', showing human experience from the Fall to salvation. -Crypt -Martyrs of Otranto”
  • 18 locals recommend
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“In the centre of the Messenian capital, at 23rd of March Square, the Temple of Saint Apostles is of great historical importance. Built during the Byzantine period, the temple has found a place in history, since it was there on the 23rd of March 1821 where the doxology for the liberation of Kalamata took place. At this first doxology, in a free territory, Th. Kolokotronis, P. Mavromichalis, Papaflessas, Nikitaras and other warriors of the Greek Revolution were present. The church was built in the beginning of the 14th century by Emperor Andronikos. It was of smaller size at first, but it is considered that subsequently it was extended. The temple had to be restored, after the damages because of the strong earthquakes in 1892 and 1986. Currently, it belongs to the Holy Metropolis of Messenia and every year on the 23rd of March a doxology takes place in honor of the heroes of 1821. The customs also include the re-enactments of the liberation of the city, before the parade. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
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“This church is named after Corfu's patron saint, St. Spyridon. Built in 1589, its red-domed bell-tower dominates the skyline from afar. Inside, in a low-lit side chapel decorated with moody frescoes, note a silver sarcophagus adorned with precious stones, enclosing the remains of St. Spyridon. A shepherd from Cyprus, Spyridon lived in the second century AD, and before he died, he became a bishop and began performing miracles. Since his remains are in Corfu, locals believe that his miraculous intervention saved their island from catastrophe on several occasions. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
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“Arte e cultura incentrata al centro storico di Gallipoli. Gallipoli è un isola collegata alla alla terraferma solo da un ponte che fu realizzato nel 1600.”
  • 14 locals recommend
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“This church is often understated and overshadowed by the Basilica and Cathedral, but it actually has one of the most interesting facades and a unique design. Created in 1667, the Chiesa di San Matteo has a Baroque architectural site and its front façade has a curved design – the wall actually curves in a sweeping arch and is covered in beautiful sculpture work and statues. Furthermore, the interior of this church has 9 spectacular altars that feature depictions of different religious figures and fables such as the nativity and the assumption. Each altar has a fantastic amount of detail and the surrounding plasterwork is highly intricate.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Historic Site
“On the outer edges of Galatina's historic centre, the Basilica of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria is a treasure chest of art boasting magnificent frescoes and a range of architectural styles, from Romanesque to Gothic, Norman to Byzantine. The splendid Romanesque façade is enriched by a finely decorated portal and a rose window that seems embroidered into the stone. Inside, the basilica's Gothic heart is entirely covered by 15th-century frescoes cycles comparable to those in Assisi. The Basilica's great iconographic highlight are its angel musicians, which provide a complete visual encyclopedia of medieval musical instruments, the oldest one in Europe. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
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“Serra San Bruno (850 m. above sea level) is just a 40 mins. drive from Gagliato. The Carthusian Monastery was built at the end of the 12th century. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
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“La chiesa di Sant'Irene dei Teatini - Via Regina Isabella 9 & Via degli Antoglietta, Lecce”
  • 2 locals recommend
Mosque
“Το τέμενος του Οσμάν Σάχ ή Κουρσούμ τζαμί (Μολυβένιο τζαμί) βρίσκεται στην άκρη της πόλης των Τρικάλων, στην οδό Καρδίτσας, νότια του Μουσείου Τσιτσάνη (κτίριο παλιών φυλακών) και του ναού των Αγίων Κωνσταντίνου και Ελένης. Σημειωτέον ότι στον προαύλιο χώρο του Μουσείου Τσιτσάνη λειτουργεί καφέ, με κάποιες μάλιστα επιλογές κρύας κουζίνας και μεγάλο υπαίθριο χώρο, ενώ κοντά βρίσκεται και παιδική χαρά. Το τέμενος είναι το μόνο σωζόμενο από τα πολλά οθωμανικά τζαμιά που υπήρχαν κάποτε στην πόλη των Τρικάλων. Ιδρυτής του ήταν ο Osman Sah ή Qara Osman Pasa, γιός του Mustafa Pasa (+932Η=1525/26) που παντρεύτηκε την κόρη του σουλτάνου Σελίμ Α΄(1512-20). Ο Οσμάν Σαχ όταν, μαζί με τη γυναίκα του, βρέθηκε διοικητής στο sancak των Τρικάλων, έχτισε το τέμενος αυτό και το προίκισε με εκατοντάδες αγαθοεργά ιδρύματα. Το τέμενος είναι ένα από τα 79 τζαμιά και το μοναδικό που σώζεται σε ελληνικό έδαφος που έχτισε ο ονομαστός αρχιτέκτονας του 16ου αιώνα Σινάν (Koca mimar Sinan). Η ακριβής χρονολογία ανέγερσης του τζαμιού είναι άγνωστη, αφού δεν διασώθηκε κάποια ιδρυτική επιγραφή. Πιθανολογείται όμως ότι χτίστηκε δέκα χρόνια περίπου πριν από το θάνατο του Οσμάν Σαχ, ο οποίος τάφηκε στον γειτονικό τουρμπέ (μαυσωλείο) το 1567/8. Χτισμένο στις όχθες του ποταμού Ληθαίου περιβαλλόταν από τα άλλα ιδρύματα που έχτισε ο Οσμάν Σαχ, όπως το πτωχοκομείο, το σχολείο, ο μεντρεσές, το χάνι κ.α. Από τα κτίσματα αυτά σήμερα σώζεται μόνο το τέμενος (τζαμί) και ο τουρμπές (μαυσωλείο) στο οποίο ετάφη ο Οσμάν Σαχ. Το τέμενος αποτελείται από μια τετράγωνη αίθουσα προσευχής που καλύπτεται με πελώριο ημισφαιρικό θόλο. Η κατεστραμμένη παλιότερα στοά (revak) στην πρόσοψη, αναστηλώθηκε πρόσφατα. Στη ΒΔ γωνία του τεμένους σώζεται ο ασκεπής μιναρές του. Ο τουρμπές (μαυσωλείο) του Οσμάν Σαχ, στα νότια του τεμένους, είναι ένα οκταγωνικής κάτοψης κτίσμα που καλύπτεται με ημισφαιρικό θόλο. Σήμερα στο εσωτερικό του τουρμπέ φυλάσσονται αρχαιολογικά ευρήματα της περιοχής.”
  • 5 locals recommend
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“La cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta (metà dell'XI sec.) è il principale luogo di culto cattolico di Cosenza, sede vescovile dell'arcidiocesi di Cosenza-Bisignano.”
  • 4 locals recommend